In a world far away Guy Erma dreams of being a warrior in the Dome Elite. You could say he grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, he is not sure who his parents are, he lives with several other orphans and works hard to achieve his dream. He has a good luck medallion and has become very skilled at blades which is a fighting skill used in the dome elite.
On the other side of the tracks is Prince Teodor who is trying to find his place in the world. He is very skilled at taking care of feline creatures called gorans, but he is hoping to impress people in his kingdom by learning the art of blades. Teodor has led a pampered life but he works hard for his kingdom and despite how people feel about him, he takes his role seriously. Guy and Teodor’s world collide when Teodor is kidnapped and Guy may be the only one who can save him.
There is a lot going on in Guy Erma and the Son of Empire by Sally Ann Melia. We have action, adventure, politics and some cool half human half cyborg creatures. While this story may take place on another world there are a lot of things that are similar to ours. The idea of kids living together with limited opportunities in life and a government that is run by people who don’t care about the majority of its citizens is something most people can relate to. In this book these elements are combined with battle borgs, shape shifters, giant cats and cy-wolves.
I love the characters in this book, especially Guy and Teodor. They seem like opposites but the more you know, you see that they are very similar. The biggest difference is that they come from different backgrounds. They both work hard at what they do. Teodor doesn’t get the respect he deserves but it’s probably because more is expected from him. Some people think he doesn’t deserve his title, but you see his concern for others and how much he tries and you know he would make a good leader. Guy on the other hand gets a lot of respect but he still has limited resources at trying to make a better life for himself. There are also some good sub-plots in this book. In particular I liked how Teodor’s mother is forced into a situation that she has no control over and the choices she has to make.
This book was a little hard for me to get into, there was a lot of information thrown in during the beginning. You are introduced to several characters, locations and situations that you are not familiar with. Luckily there is a glossary at the end of the book to explain everything. I may have felt lost in the beginning but as I read on, I started to get into the story and I liked the world that Sally Ann Melia created. This is an epic Science fiction adventure that fans of the genre will love.